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Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy


Developed in conjunction with Visiting Professor John McLeod, this programme aims to enable existing professionals working within the field of counselling and psychotherapy to achieve a Master of Arts in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

A pluralistic perspective is an integrative approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy that embraces and considers multiple causes and responses to psychological distress. The aim of the programme is to equip practitioners with an up-to-date, cutting edge training to meet the needs of contemporary society. It also aims to identify and develop leadership and collaborative qualities in those involved in therapeutic practice. With a strong research focus, graduates from this programme will have the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to act as research-practitioners.

The programme aims to enable graduates to analyse their own practice and the profession as a whole. We strive to facilitate learners in the creation of evidence-based solutions to the current problems they face as individual practitioners and dilemmas that exist within the profession. As pluralism is the unifying theme in the programme, the programme will foster a spirit of enquiry where learners will engage in the pursuit of multiple truths, drawing from diverse disciples, approaches and orientations.

Why choose this Programme?

Ideal course for anyone looking to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy.

Facilitated by internationally renowned expert, Professor John McLeod.

Competitively priced course fees with payment plans available.

QQI validated the ensuring highest quality content and delivery.

Incredibly high levels of student support, ensuring that learners are continually guided and supported.


This part-time programme consists of ten modules over two years. It is a taught Master's with a strong research component. The programme utilises a continuous assessment strategy and learners
accumulate credits though a variety of assessments over the duration of the programme. The programme is facilitated through monthly three day blocks (usually Friday – Sunday).

Student Benefits & Support
We hold that it is not enough to simply teach the skills of counselling and psychotherapy. Learners are given the space to learn, practice and be supported as they develop for themselves a style and model of counselling which is both personal and effective.

Entry requirements

Who Should Apply

This two year programme will be of interest to practising therapists who wish to extend their existing

qualification in counselling and psychotherapy to Master's level.

Entry Routes
•An honours degree, Level 8 on The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), in counselling and psychotherapy or equivalent and evidence of completion of 50 hours of personal therapy and 100 hours of supervised clinical practice.

•An honours degree, Level 8 on the NFQ, plus a professional diploma in counselling and psychotherapy that meets with IACP /IAHIP course recognition standards. The diploma, or equivalent must have counselling and psychotherapy at its core and have a minimum of 450 hours in tutor/student contact over the duration of the programme.

Learners will be invited to an interview with faculty as part of the application process.


2 years

Course Structure:

The programme will be delivered in block format, with learners attending Friday-Sunday once a month. There will also be an additional tutorial day per month. To complete the P.G. Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, learners will complete eight modules in Year One. Two additional modules, along with the research portfolio are completed in Year Two to obtain the M.A. in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Phone: +353 1 466 4205
Mobile: +353 87 905 5330


Validation & Accreditation of Award
This master's is a major award validated by QQI at Level 9 on the NFQ.

Programme Lecturers

We have a large faculty team, including:
•Professor John McLeod
•Prof. Michael O'Rourke
•Dr. Marcella Finnerty
•Dr. Maria Quinlan
•Mr. Padraig O'Morain
•Mr. Dermot O'Neill
•Mr. Philip James

Protection for Enrolled Learners

This programme is covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of IICP College ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

Assessment method


Learners are assessed through a continuous assessment strategy, which includes a variety of mediums such as individual and group projects, skills training assessments, case studies and process recordings, written assignments, essays and a dissertation.

Course fee

Annual fees €3850 (inclusive of QQI registration fee of €200).
Application fee €60.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2018

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